Minute’s silence held in memory of tragic South Yorkshire schoolboy Conley Thompson

Members of the public turn out for a minute's silence in memory of Conley Thompson. Picture: Andrew Roe
Members of the public turn out for a minute's silence in memory of Conley Thompson. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Parts of Barnsley fell silent today to remember a tragic schoolboy.

People of all ages gathered at a construction site where, just over a week ago, Conley Thompson was found dead.

Conley Thompson, aged seven, from Worsbrough

Conley Thompson, aged seven, from Worsbrough

The seven-year-old sparked a huge search after he failed to return home on Sunday, July 26 after telling his mother he was going out with friends.

The youngster was found dead the following morning after becoming stuck in a vertical pipe on the construction site, on Bank End Road.

The minute’s silence was sparked on social media and called for people across the town to stop at noon.

A handful of people gathered at the entrance to the building site next to the sea of cards, flowers and cuddly toys to remember Conley, of Underwood Avenue, Worsbrough Dale.

Members of the public turn out for a minute's silence in memory of Conley Thompson. Picture: Andrew Roe

Members of the public turn out for a minute's silence in memory of Conley Thompson. Picture: Andrew Roe

Among them were constriction workers and Rev Trevor Keightley, vicar at the nearby St Thomas and St James Church in Worsbrough Dale.

Rev Keightley said: “The whole family is devastated by what has happened and we will continue to pray for Conley’s family and the community at this time.”

He added that a book of condolence for Conely, which closed yesterday, has around 200 entries and he hopes to give it to the youngster’s family in due course.

Special prayers were also held for Conley and his family during the morning service at the church on yesterday.